Reporters from various outlets took to Twitter to complain about the remark…
In a heated exchange during Tuesday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan to “stop shaking your head” as he answered the reporter’s question about collusion between the Trump administration and Russian officials.
“If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection,” Spicer added.
Here are a few reactions from the media:
Sean tells April to stop shaking her head in disbelief.
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) March 28, 2017
Spicer tells @AprilDRyan to please stop shaking her head
— Katie Glueck (@katieglueck) March 28, 2017
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) March 28, 2017
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) March 28, 2017
"Stop shaking your head again," Spicer tells @AprilDRyan, who can do whatever she wants with her head
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) March 28, 2017
telling a reporter what type of facial expressions he or she should or should not be making in response your answers is ridiculous
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) March 28, 2017
"Stop shaking your head again," Spicer lectures @AprilDRyan, who is a grown woman.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 28, 2017
April's not only a grown woman, but she's been shaking her head, proudly, at many press secretaries before Spicer. https://t.co/8Zb7cSybE3
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) March 28, 2017
Boy — Spicer just asked April Ryan to “stop shaking your head again.”
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) March 28, 2017
Spicer to April Ryan: "Stop shaking your head again." ……………
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) March 28, 2017
APRIL: STOP SHAKING YOUR HEAD. Smile more!
— Annie Linskey (@AnnieLinskey) March 28, 2017
a grown woman and a top-notch journalist https://t.co/URF7E5apJ2
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) March 28, 2017
Spicer's treatment of @AprilDRyan was pretty demeaning and insulting, tbh.
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) March 28, 2017
Sean "stop shaking your head" Spicer obviously would have had real trouble with Helen Thomas attending his briefings. Jeez, @PressSec
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) March 28, 2017
When the dust settled, Ryan herself appeared to respond to the back-and-forth on Twitter:
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) March 28, 2017
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